How to create a mural 56 feet wide (18 m)

As the corona virus strangles the city of Seattle, the restaurants and cafes in Pioneer Square shut down. Preparing for the cytokine storm, shopfronts are boarded up. The streets deserted, feeling edgier than ever. To keep an eye on the streets, the Alliance for Pioneer Square reached out to local artists to pair up with local businesses and paint the hoardings that cover the shopfronts. … Continue reading How to create a mural 56 feet wide (18 m)

Artwork by Ray Monde of young African American outside LA house

The show must go on. Online.

What you can do to help artists during COVID-19. Everyone is meeting their friends for drinks online. From our dining chairs in Seattle we look across the table through our laptop to our friends at the other side of the table in Summer Hill. We’re all drinking white negronis and it’s beautiful. Two hours in a heartbeat. People are working online, making startling discoveries about … Continue reading The show must go on. Online.

COVID-19 artwork by Ray Monde

Let’s wait and see how many deaths there are today before we go to the supermarket.

Art in a time of coronavirus. For me, the strangest thing about living the COVID-19 pandemic is how normal things take on a strange tilt. Thinking about heading to the supermarket, I say “Let’s wait and see how many deaths there are today before we go.” Everything normal is slightly askew, awry. Last week, the supermarket wouldn’t touch the bags we brought. No surprises there. … Continue reading Let’s wait and see how many deaths there are today before we go to the supermarket.

Collage art by Ray Monde of a woman who is looks disfigured in an artistic fail

What to do when things go horribly wrong (in art)

Sometimes art goes bad. Look at her face. The horror. This is not intentional. I wasn’t trying to create an image of a women who had been burnt in an accident. Or a woman trapped in a disfiguring face mask. I was trying to create a woman with attitude, cigarette in hand, giving the viewer a withering glance. I didn’t have the right colour papers … Continue reading What to do when things go horribly wrong (in art)

COVID19 contagion illustration in orange and red by Ray Monde

Trapped in Vancouver, thinking about the coronavirus COVID19

There’s people quarantined in their homes, on cruise ships and in hospitals. International flights are cancelled, schools are shut and people are in limbo. People who look Asian are being watched more closely, people are moving away from them on buses. While cases of the newly named COVID-19 are about to hit 50,000; I am also living in isolation, trapped in Vancouver for very different … Continue reading Trapped in Vancouver, thinking about the coronavirus COVID19

Found a studio at 57 Biscayne – a room of one’s own

Studio space in Seattle is really hard to come by. I was fortunate that Clare Johnson had landed a residency and would be out of the state for three months. She was looking for someone to look after her space in 57 Biscayne and I was keen to look after it. We hit it off and is kindly letting me work in this beautiful space. … Continue reading Found a studio at 57 Biscayne – a room of one’s own

Suburban LA life for The Other Art Fair

Taking risks sometimes pays dividends. The risk is worth the reward. Other times, they fail terribly. Like at my high school dance. Important lessons from risk-taking The school dance is beach themed. I thought it would be a good idea to make breasts out of coconuts and pink socks, wrap myself in a hibiscus tablecloth and apply red lipstick. I remember looking at myself in … Continue reading Suburban LA life for The Other Art Fair